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Guide to the Dana Point Syndicate Records of S.H. Woodruff
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Description
The business records collected by real estate developer S.H. Woodruff in his capacity as head of the Dana Point Syndicate, a group of wealthy Los Angeles investors formed to finance the purchase, subdivision, and development of some 1,400 acres of coastal property at Dana Point in the late 1920's. The records contain administrative, financial, legal, and real estate documents on the Dana Point development and provide information regarding contemporary property values on the Orange County, California coast. Other documents include publicity brochures and broadsides created to promote Dana Point's prime location on the Pacific coast. The collection also contains visual documentation on the development of the Dana Point area in the form of cadastral maps, photographs of the Dana Point property (both prior to development and during construction) and completed Dana Point Syndicate buildings, and architectural sketches of Dana Point Syndicate houses and the proposed Dana Point Inn.
Background
In mid-1926, Los Angeles realtor-builder S.H. (Sidney) Woodruff formed a group of investors as a means to finance the purchase, subdivision, and development of roughly 1,400 acres of coastal property at Dana Point, a town on the Pacific coast in Orange County, California. As the head of this group, known as the Dana Point Syndicate, Woodruff was instrumental in designing the Dana Point development and promoting its coastal amenities through a nationwide publicity campaign. The centerpiece of the development was to be the luxurious cliff-top Dana Point Inn, which was modeled on similar buildings located on the Italian and French Rivieras.
Extent
2.4 linear feet 3 boxes and 2 oversize folders
Restrictions
Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact the Head of Special Collections and University Archives.
Availability
Collection is open for research.